Laura Neville is a PhD candidate and a research assistant at the Institute of geography and sustainability (IGD) at the University of Lausanne.
Her PhD research focuses on the relationships between garbage and urbanization, in particular the ways garbage becomes entangled to politics of place-making and urban belonging. She conducts ethnographic fieldwork in Cartagena de Indias, a port city on Colombia's Caribbean coast.
She holds an MSc in Urbanisation and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a Master's degree in Anthropology and Sociology from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, and a Bachelor's degree in Geography from the University of Lausanne. In 2021-13, she studied as part of her Bachelor's degree, at the Universidad de Chile, in Santiago. In 2019, she was a visiting PhD student at the Universidad de Cartagena, in Colombia.
Her Master's research both at the LSE and the ULB dealt with the subject of public housing policies in Latin American urban contexts. At LSE, she explored the topic of access to housing for Latin American migrant populations and conducted fieldwork in Santiago de Chile's central neighbourhoods. At the ULB, she developed a comparative approach of three public housing programmes in Colombia, Ecuador and Brazil. She later continued exploring the topic of housing for migrant populations in Latin American cities, by taking part in a research project at the Universidad de Chile on the mining city of Antofagasta in northern Chile. The project examined national and international migrant workers' access to self-built housing.